Androl not only stole logain's thunder, he made characters like flinn and narishma completly forgotton.
It was basically sanderson putting his mark on the series and getting rid of established jordan characters.
Androl didn't steal Logain's thunder - Logain's 'thunder' was (and will be) in the rehabilitation of male channelers with the rest of the Randland population, started with rescuing those refugees.
Based on Q & A sessions, the majority of things that Androl did were ear-marked by RJ for one Ashaman or another to do (I doubt that he 'stole' the jobs from Logain, or that Harriet would have let him if he'd tried), and none of the Ashaman we saw would have fit into the story as well as a BT Ashaman - the Ashaman at the BT needed to rescue themselves and not be rescued, otherwise they were setting themselves up for a lifetime of second placeness. As such, none of the Ashaman we spent time with would have worked as well in the story as a BT Ashaman, of which other than the bad guys we had a few named, Androl was one, and BS developed him. Nor am I convinced that another Ashaman (Flinn, Narishma, Grady) would have worked as well stealing back the seals, they have no connection to Logain, why would they take the seals back to him instead of their AS colleagues? It's possible that Androl took the jobs of 2 or more other Ashaman (that RJ may have written), but I feel that trying to use an 'established' Ashaman would be trying to force them into the story.
The problem is that your basically lowering Logain's faction to being the 5 people that Sanderson wrote about, Logain had dozens of followers. The only justification was to give him a ridiculous backstory of being some well traveled guy who saw it all a combination of Jain Farstrider and Guaire Amalasan. When Sanderson got through with Logain he was a pathetic wretch who was flat out handed glory. Imagine if Sanderson wrote the White Tower arc like that with some previously minor Aes Sedai all of a sudden mounting a rescue, holding off the Seanchan by herself without any help from anyone and then telling the Tower Aes Sedai that the only person who can be Amyrlin is Egwene. The Egwene fans would throw down the book and tell Harriet to fire Sanderson and yet thats what we got in this book. Some previously barely mentioned character is all of a sudden revealed to be the greatest Asha'man of them all better than both Taim and Logain, not only does he single handily win back the Black Tower, but he defeated two forsaken at the same time causing them to run. The only reason his not the leader is because for some reason he wants Logain to be the leader despite being a complete loser.
I wanted to read about Logain not the Sanderson Reborn.
You cant write about how some character is going to do some great thing and then 15 years later you end the series with the character not having done the great thing you spent 10 books talking about.
I literally laughed out loud when the seal breaking scene happened because the fact that Sanderson tried to make it some big deal was hilarious. You might as well of had Almen Bunt destroy them with a shovel.
Brilliant absolutely brilliant!!
someone send this post to maria and sanderson